- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 4, 2007

From combined dispatches

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Barry Bonds missed the San Francisco Giants’ spring training workouts for the second straight day because of the flu.

Bonds wasn’t in the Giants’ lineup for a home exhibition game against the Seattle Mariners after coming down with the same bug that has affected much of the Giants’ roster in the last two weeks.

The seven-time National League MVP went 0-for-2 in his spring debut Friday but won’t play again until at least tomorrow. The Giants travel to face the Arizona Diamondbacks in Tucson today, and Bonds rarely makes any road trip, let alone the longest in the Cactus League.

Surgery for Grudzielanek

SURPRISE, Ariz. — Kansas City Royals second baseman Mark Grudzielanek will have arthroscopic surgery on his left knee today and is expected to begin the season on the disabled list.

Grudzielanek has a medial meniscus cartilage tear.

“In the worst-case scenario you’re looking at four to six weeks,” general manager Dayton Moore said. “He will probably miss the first 10 days or two weeks of the season. We’re optimistic it will be just a simple clean up. If there is a positive out of this, it is it has happened the first week of spring training versus the last week of spring training.”

Grudzielanek said he first experienced knee pain Friday night and reported it to the training staff Saturday. An MRI exam yesterday discovered the tear.

Grudzielanek will have surgery in Kansas City. Once he is cleared to travel, he will return to spring training camp in Surprise to begin rehabilitation.

Glavine is returning

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — New York Mets pitcher Tom Glavine was expected to return to camp today after missing a couple of days for personal reasons.

Mets general manager Omar Minaya said the lefty’s absence wasn’t related to a medical condition.

“He’s staying on schedule,” Minaya said before the Mets played Baltimore. Glavine is set to start tomorrow against Houston.

Glavine, who turns 41 later this month, went 15-7 last season. He missed two weeks in late August because of a blood clot in his left shoulder — doctors said it was the result of scar tissue from an old injury and not serious.

The two-time NL Cy Young winner starts the season with 290 career victories.


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